'The Village' Sesaon 1 preview: Meet the heartwarming characters of NBC's upcoming family drama
The upcoming family driven drama is slated to premiere on March 19. Here's an introduction to the characters who will make you laugh and cry at the same time
NBC's yet another heartwarming family drama will come to our screens on March 19 and will take us on a hell of an emotional journey. 'The Village', which is largely being compared to NBC's hit 'This Is Us', will establish itself in its own way, we hope, because the characters we've been introduced to so far, just feel like a warm bunch of people we would love to get acquainted with.
Starting from Sarah Campbell, played by 'One Tree Hill' alum, Michaela McManus, who told MEA World Wide (MEAWW) that it was a joy to play the role of Sarah. A nurse and a single mother, her "greatest focus in life", and the thing she’s most proud of, "is raising her daughter Katie". In Michaela's words, Sarah is "tough, independent and resilient with an open heart. She’s someone who has to work really hard to support herself and her daughter and I think that makes her a character a lot of people can relate to."
As for her daughter Katie, described to be a "creative teen", she has her own battles to fight. Played by Grace Van Dien, she said in an interview that Katie, "like her mom, is a pregnant teenager. She learned how to crochet, which is her form of art, through Patricia." The fact that 'The Village' released its key art yesterday with a crochet heart on the backdrop, proves that the art plays a key role in the plotline. The crochet connects all the characters in the posters, so that's symbolic. Sarah and Katie will navigate their mother-daughter relationship and it will be heartwarming to see them support each other.
As Grace said, Katie learned the art form from Patricia. Played by Lorraine Toussaint, Patricia is a social worker who is "the den mother/dorm mom of the building. Everyone comes to Patricia with good news, bad news, and everything in-between," she said in the same interview. The first released look of the show featured Patricia and her husband, Ron, depicting a time-tested beautiful love, as they look at each other with love filled eyes.
The premise of the story sets in when Nick Porter moves into the residential building called 'The Village', where all of these above-mentioned characters reside, and all the below mentioned ones too, and where the show gets its title from.
Nick Porter, played by Warren Christie, is a war veteran returning from Afghanistan. He is suffering from PTSD and is recuperating into normal life. Warren said that for Porter the "family dynamic of everybody coming into your business," is pretty hard at first but eventually "they all start to wear him down, and try and help lift him up and help him heal."
The show gives us a reality check and keeps us in tune for what's happening, as we see Ava, an Iranian woman who gets into trouble when ICE comes knocking at her door. She has to secure the future of her young son born in the U.S. and has to fight back for her freedom. In that process, we have another resident, a young law student, Gabe, but he is in for a ride of his own as he gets an unexpected roommate.
The residents of 'The Village' have a good time together and can be spotted on the terrace or in the basement, but the message is clear — family is everything. "Our show is simple in concept, but I think it’s very impactful with an overall message that 'we’re all in this together'," Michaela told MEAWW. While we expect a "beautiful real-life human stories that feel relatable and truthful," Michaela also tells us to look out for a great "surprise".
"Our show is a big, sweeping family drama that will hopefully have you laughing through tears." Yup, we already sense that with the characters.